Dodge Nitro R/T: Tough-guy ride with some rough edges
WASHINGTON - Driving is more fun than shoveling snow, which is why I choose to turn away from the miseries of this winter's storms and reflect on a somewhat happy time behind the wheel of the 2007 Dodge Nitro R/T mid-size sport-utility vehicle.
Consider the plight of the Empty-Nester Male: Kids out of the house, tuitions paid, weekends free of family obligations. A man in this pitiable situation might start thinking about freedom ... about the open road ... about a new car, finally, and one that's cool.
Dodge Nitro R/T
Complaints: Ride and handling in this one leaves much to be desired on less-than-smooth roads.
"Eagle Domain," an exhibit of drawings by Raymond Lindberg, will be on display through March 30 at Evelyn Matthies' Porthole Gallery in Brainerd.
She makes sweet music on viola
Hearing the beautiful sounds of the Brainerd High School Chamber Orchestra in a concert years ago interested Anna Zimmerman, now a BHS senior, to play a stringed instrument.
COMING NEXT WEEK
Area gamers are raising the Goblet of Rock at weekly "Guitar Hero" tournaments at Paul Bunyan Bowl in Baxter.
Upcoming arts and entertainment events
The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota will present its spring concerts, "Old American Songbook," at two lakes area locations.
Brainerd bands to perform Monday
The Brainerd High School Concert and Symphonic Bands will present their Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Educational Services Building, in Brainerd.
10 questions with Parker Pennington
You may not have heard of Parker Pennington yet, but prepare to hear his name a lot in the coming years. He finished a disappointing seventh at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January, but the 22-year-old hopes to reach the medal stand next year.
Minnesota comedy veterans Jeff Cesario, Dave Mordal and Scott Hansen will perform as part of the Bad Apple Comedy Tour at 7 p.m. March 24 at The Rail in downtown Brainerd.
Families on ice
The Vacationland Figure Skating Club is like one big family - literally. This year, three coaches have their own daughters among their students.
Hashbrowns are best when made at home
The next time you bake potatoes for dinner, throw extra potatoes in the oven to make hashbrown potatoes.
Cass County Sheriff's report
WALKER - The Cass County Sheriff's Department reports the following activity for the week of Feb. 19- 25, 2007.
Planning Commission to meet Wednesday
The Brainerd Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.1
Albertson, Susan E. and Gregory R.
Digging into the Expo
A variety of classes will be available at the Crow Wing County Master Gardener 2007 "Ready, Set, Grow!" Garden Expo, scheduled from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 31 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Tamara Malan recently joined Tower Real Estate as a real estate agent.
You may not be thinking about gardening with all the snow on the ground, but it's that time of year again.
LAKES AREA SENIOR
SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS
Of bird houses, families
Organizers expect more than 500 people to turn out for the Friends of Crane Meadows Habitat Day celebration Saturday at the Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge near Little Falls.
Troubled Region 5 struggles to right itself
STAPLES - For the Region Five Development Commission, the question is not whether it failed in the past, but whether it can live up to its potential.
Board backs increases to fund state highways
WALKER - The Cass County Board on Tuesday endorsed the Association of Minnesota Counties position asking the Legislature for increased taxes and fees to fund highways.
Health insurance a must in plan
ST. PAUL - The quest for universal health coverage got a new twist on Thursday when a key House Democrat proposed making every Minnesotan get health insurance by 2011.
Map updates in works
WALKER Environmental Services Director John Sumption reported to the Cass County Board on Tuesday that ESD staff members are meeting with supervisors in each township in the county to update land-use maps.
This was Brainerd
Its time to mount a full-scale clean-up of downtown Brainerd. Getting rid of the fire debris would be a good start. And, with some help from garden clubs, the business district could be a sight to behold.
Doctors marrying other doctors is fairly common in the medical world. The Brainerd lakes area alone has nine married doctor couples, many of whom responded to the Dispatch's call for input on the Doctor Duos series. Here's some portions of e-mail interviews compiled by Heidi Lake, staff writer.
Two doctors in the house
LITTLE FALLS - Ah, the lingering smell of formaldehyde and the sight of a dead body waiting to be dissected. Romantic, isn't it?
"He was shaking so hard they sent him home from work."
Teen seminar to drive home safety
Handing over the car keys for the first time to your teen can be an exhilarating experience for the young driver - and a frightening one for most parents.
'U' extension service programs supported
WALKER - Cass County Administrator Robert Yochum reported to the county board Tuesday that he and other staff members are looking at five ways to provide additional county support to the University of Minnesota Extension Service programs in the county.
WALKER - The Best of Bluegrass concert scheduled for Friday at Northern Lights Casino has been postponed until 8 p.m. Oct. 12 due to a scheduling conflict.
This was Brainerd
MARCH 8 - 40 years ago (1967) - Northwestern Bell Telephone Company is working on a $13,000 long distance service improvement project in the Brainerd area. M.A. Hedberg, manager, said today.
COMING SUNDAY IN BUSINESS
Talk about shopping
Seniors seek parking space
They want it, they'll get it. Hopefully.
COMING SUNDAY IN SPORTS
Board eyes state and federal actions
WALKER - The Cass County Board voted to ask Congress to renew the 25 percent fund payments to counties.
STAPLES - State Senator Dallas Sams, of Staples, died Monday morning, March 5, 2007, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. in the Staples High School. Visitation will be in the high school Friday, March 9, from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery at Staples.
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HILL CITY - Rodman Baily, age 83, of Hill City, died on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at his home. Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 9, at the Hill City Methodist Church with Pastor Russell Christensen officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour before the services. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
Robert J. Ford
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - Robert John Ford, 72, of Apache Junction, Ariz., died March 5, 2007, at Banner Gardens Hospice House in Mesa, Ariz. He was born in Langdon, Iowa, to John G. and Evelyn E. (Powell) Ford. He married Marlys Longbottom on May 1, 1954, in Crosby. He was a retired employee of Independent Millwork, Minneapolis; active member with the Hopkins Elks No. 2221; past president of Whoo Whoo's in Minneapolis and was lumberman of the year.
Derrik D. Kuschel
Derrik David Kuschel, age 22, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 3, 2007, after courageously fighting cystic fibrosis since birth.
Michael 'Mike' T. Schulte
LITTLE FALLS - Michael "Mike" T. Schulte, age 91, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Monday, March 5, 2007, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 10, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. Friends may call from 3:30-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 8-10 a.m. at the Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service, West Chapel, in Little Falls. Parish prayers will be said at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral chapel.
While I appreciate reasonable debate from the left. Let's not quibble, there's lots of liberal drivel. They hate "Bush's war," never objecting to Clinton's Kosovo war, which held no vital economic or military threats.
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I've been hearing the council members or the joint powers want to close the juvenile facility in Brainerd. I think this is ridiculous. I'm a taxpayer and, yes, they're having problems out there, but you don't make money off of crime. Don Ryan said it best.
Open Forum: The U.S. shouldn't throw stones
Iran is accused by the Bush administration of being involved in the Iraq civil war; possibly Syria also.
OUR OPINION: DALLAS SAMS
Former Sen. Dallas Sams of Staples contributed much to the state Legislature in his 16 years of service. The tragedy is that at the relatively young age of 54 he could have contributed so much more.
Protect the public from second-hand smoke
I strongly believe that the proposed statewide smoking ban referred to as the Freedom to Breathe Act is a public health issue and not a rights or property rights issue.
Getting all to think green
God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. Genesis 1:31a
HILLMAN - Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillman is planning a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Cost for adults, $5; children under 10, $2.50. Easter baskets will be available in a variety of prices. Worship services are at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Snocross champ has a message for other teens
Fifteen-year-old Cody Thomsen of Nisswa is a rising star on the national snocross circuit.
Victory League meeting scheduled
A Victory League baseball meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 16 at the 10 Spot bar and lounge in Royalton at 7 p.m. All teams must have a representative at this meeting.
Holding court with Wolves rookie Randy Foye
Timberwolves rookie Randy Foye has been a starter and a reserve this season at the point guard and shooting guard positions. He is averaging 9.0 points and 2.6 assists per game.
So, what'd you do last weekend?
Me? Oh I spent 30 hours over three days at two different high school state tournaments and saw three state champions from the Brainerd area crowned. Other than that, not much.
Flyers fall in consolation semifinals
MINNEAPOLIS - With the most explosive first line in either class and having won 25 games the Little Falls Flyers anticipated they would be playing for the Class 1A boys' hockey state championship this week.
PR-B's Eveland reaches 1,000 points in loss
HAWLEY - Micah Eveland finished his high school career by passing the 1,000 point mark as eighth-seeded Pine River-Backus was routed by the No. 1 seeded Hawley Nuggets 104-48 in the South Subsection 8-2A quarterfinals Thursday.
Sturm hopes to climb hill of success
Snowmobile riders in the WSA Hillcross circuit will converge on Ski Gull in Lake Shore this weekend for the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hill X.
Hard-fought tourney game ends sadly for LF Flyers
Little Falls High School junior Kyle Czech looked on in the waning moments of the Flyers' 6-3 loss to Hermantown on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the state Class A boys' hockey tournament. The underdog Flyers held the lead several times before falling behind in the third period. Brainerd Dispatch/John Pedersen
Andy Pickar and the Minnesota State University-Mankato wrestling team will compete in the NCAA Division II tournament Friday and Saturday at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Flyers come up short
ST. PAUL - Jared Festler and Ben and Beau Hanowski receive considerable attention for their skills on a hockey rink, and deservedly so.
Minnesota Fishing Report
Fisher paces Patriots
HIBBING - Mr. Basketball candidate Jesse Fisher scored 28 points to lead the second-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots past the No. 7 Aitkin Gobblers 96-58 in the West Subsection 7-2A quarterfinals Thursday.
This atypical post has clout with Warriors
Many of Brett Cloutier's contributions to the Brainerd Warrior boys' basketball team may not show up on the stat sheet.
PL's Fisher a Mr. Basketball candidate
Pequot Lakes senior forward Jesse Fisher was one of 20 Minnesota prep boys' basketball players selected to the 2006-07 Mr. Basketball candidates list, which was released Wednesday.
Rangers advance to second-straight section final
DULUTH - Thanks to 32 points and 13 rebounds from senior center Annie Adams, the West Subsection's top-seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers advanced to the Section 7-2A finals with a 63-53 victory over the East Subsection's No 2 seeded Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears Wednesday in the semifinals at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy east...Partly to mostly cloudy west. A chance of light freezing drizzle far northwest. Highs from the upper 20s north to the middle 30s south.
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Cloudy in the morning along with areas of fog...Then
State forecast for Minnesota
Dense fog advisory southwest until 10 am...
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers west and central with
State forecast for S.D.
Dense fog advisory central and east through 10 am cst /9 am mst...
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Areas of fog early this morning...With some patchy freezing drizzle in the north. Increasing clouds. A chance for some light rain or sprinkles in the west later this morning...And statewide this afternoon. Highs from the mid 30s north to the mid 40s south.
State forecast for N.D.
A dense fog advisory is in effect for far southwest and south
State forecast for North Dakota
.Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s northeast to
State forecast for Iowa
Dense fog advisory far northwest until 10 am this morning...
Weather drawing by Camryn Schmidt of Mrs. Larson's second-grade class at Lowell school.
Good night, friend
Weather drawing by Jamie Truong of Ms. Hemstad's third-grade class at Baxter school.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Isolated light showers southeast ending early this morning...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny over the state. Highs in the upper 30s northeast to the upper 50s southwest.
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